Geographies of Light
12 Stones Project
12 STONES PROJECT: A conjoint geo-spiritual expression of people, place and purpose– twelve 30’ granite stones, placed equidistant, circling zone of peace one days travel from historic Salmon Falls Peace Treaty site in Shelburne Falls, MA; celebrating our great circle of: life, continent, and New England cultural centers. A project of 501(c)3, Arkhom, Inc.; seeks patron(s) and contributing artists. Geographic Art by Peter Champoux http://www.geometryofplace.com/12stone.html12 Stones will honor lasting peace.
12 Stones will be one of the largest structures on earth.
12 Stones will be placed in perpetuity to mark our moment in time.
12 Stones will provide space for continued community celebration.
12 Stones will give a sense of place to a multifaceted American Civilization.
12 Stones will coalesce community.
12 Stones will be a cultural expression of the Earth Charter.
12 Stones will be designed, crafted, and juried by regional artists.
12 Stones will be a destination for international tourism.
12 Stones will enliven the economy regionally.
12 Stones will impart a sense of the sacred.
12 Stones will encompass the cradle of American civilization and anchor an emerging sustainable culture to the central bedrock of our North American Continent.
12 Stones Peace Monument is a landscape art installation project, conceived and initiated by artist, author, consultant, stonemason Peter Champoux. Simple in concept, the details of 12 Stones benefit cultural and geographically diverse communities.
12 Stones Peace Monument, places twelve 3ft x 5ft x 30ft granite monoliths at twelve equidistant natural and culturally significant points, in a 130 mile wide great circle, around New England and Eastern New York.
Reminiscent of totem poles and the great council fires of First Nation Peoples 12 Stones Peace Monument, being broad and inclusive, brings our diversity into one holistic model of peaceful cultural integration, as it locks this model into the natural and cultural landscape of North America.
The sense of place focus for the 12 sites are as follows:
NATURAL RESOURCES (Strafford,VT)
GOVERNMENT (Boston's City Hall Plaza)
ENVIRONMENT (Providence RI's Roger Williams Park Zoo)
DEFENSE (New London CT's Mohegan Hill)
INDUSTRY (Derby CT's river confluence)
EDUCATION (Poughkeepsie NY's Vassar College)
LIFESTYLE (Lexington NY's Catskill Mts.)
RELIGION (Fultonville NY's Shrine of American Martyrs)
WILDERNESS (Thurman, NY's Adirondack Mts.)
AGRICULTURE (Orwell, VT's educational farm)
TRANSPORTATION (North Hampton NH's highway interchange)
RECREATION (Pawtuckway NH's State Park).
America has always wanted peace, yet its history is marred by war. It has become a warrior culture marked by battlefields and war memorials, on town commons, to those who have served and died for our country. After nearly three centuries of war 12 Stones Peace Monument memorializes what thousands have died for: a lasting peace.
The stones for the 12 sites will be quarried from Barre Vermont's Rock of Ages stone quarries. The twelve stones are to be cut in the proportional dimension of Noah's Ark, (30 x 50 x 300 cubits) or 3 x 5 x 30 feet. Like Noah's Ark, 12 Stones symbolically represent the preservation of life through time and space.
Each of the twelve stones are to be inscribed with a simple location map giving its position in relation to its greater circle and the North American Continent.
The remaining surface of the 12 stones and their sites landscape architecture will comprise designs that express peace as a way of life.
The project is an opportunity to implement the Earth Charters precepts, encouraging the economic viability of sustainable practices through peaceful cultural expression.
12 Stones will honor the art of architectural stone decoration. Each design, generated by regional artist, craftsmen, and landscape architects, will be jury-selected by their peers, and 12 Stone representatives.
Each site will focus on a peaceful aspect of American culture. The Cornerstone of the 12 Stones project is proposed to be placed in Strafford VT at the site of the now abandoned Elizabeth Copper Mine. This site is on the list of superfund sites as it is contaminated by arsenic laden mine tailings. 12 Stones gives a platform to explore creative options directed at the clean up of EPA Super Fund sites. This mine is central to Vermont's metal deposit. Copper being a conduit of communications and electrical transmission makes Strafford an appropriate and symbolic first step of this prodigious work of culture.
Any circle has a center point. The center of this 12 Stones circle, Shelburne Falls MA, is associated with peace, as it is a peace treaty site of First Nation Peoples. For this 13th point a black granite, polished stone ball is envisioned to reflect this peace outward into the faces and lives of North Americans. This ancient peace treaty insures safe and peaceful passage for a days travel in all directions. Conceptually this makes 12 Stones a region of peace, a national peace monument.
It is Champoux's concept that this center point of Shelburne Falls is also the center point of the North American Continent. The edges of the continent being equidistant from this point. Installing these stones of peace at this center of our continental pond will cause a ripple of peaceful intention to radiate and encompass our continent and world.
The sense-of-place designs on the 12 stones will take place in situ when possible, so that community and visitors alike can witness and participate in the creation and installation of 12 Stones. 12 Stones will be a destination site for tourists. Visiting each of the 12 Stones is similar to the 251Club, in Vermont, whose members visit each of the state's 251 towns. Touring the 12 Stones would bring the traveler to sites of early American histories, cultures, mountains, rivers, lakes, ocean, cities, universities, shrines, state parks, farms, and on, and...
What is a sustainable, peaceful economy? If a sustainable culture is to be viable it must be economically viable as well as environmentally sound. 12 Stones is an opportunity to explore such options for sustainable economy. For instance, one of the sites is City Hall Plaza in Boston where plans for a sustainable energy redesign of City Hall are on the table. Given the grand scale and place significance demonstrated by 12 Stones, sustainable businesses will want to be part of this community in renewal, at the center of our American continent.
American culture is a transient one. Many cultures in one. 12 Stones is a sacred space made so by the sacrifice, creativity and prayers of generations of Americans. A cradle of American civilization; 12 Stones marks, honors, and gives form to the great circle of life that is our continent. It mirrors and brings together communities, history, and landscape. In this sense 12 Stones will be an American sacred site on par with any of the ancient world.
If you are artist, organization or individual interested in participating and supporting the 12 Stones Peace Monument, please contact our nonprofit agent: Arkhom, Inc..
To demonstrate support of the greater community endorse this project. 12 Stones needs you to seed fund, give, endow and facilitate this community based initiatives.
If the 12 Stones Peace Monument interest you for any reason or purpose, please contact:
Regional and local artists and organizations,
Stone Carver Guilds
Landscape Architects, Schools and Associations
The Earth Council- Earth Charter (charter use endorsed)
Green Cross International
Environmental Regional Planners and Educators
Regional and Local Tourist Bureaus
Council of Churches
US and State Park Service
First Nation Tribal Councils
City and Town Councils
the people ...
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